Field Education & Vicarage
The goal of field education is to integrate coursework with practical experience in a congregational setting under the supervision of a field education pastor. The range of pastoral experiences is structured to gradually mentor the student in various aspects of pastoral ministry to coordinate with classroom learning and maximize growth through experience. For the first two years, beginning with the first term of studies, students are assigned to a pastor/parish setting. Early on, students become acquainted with the pastor and the congregation, attend worship, meetings, and other congregational activities, and learn more about the rhythms of congregational life. After completing the first preaching and worship courses, students become "licensed" to help conduct these roles (on a limited basis until graduation) as they begin to practice pastoral skills under the supervision of the field education pastor. This occurs as students assist in limited preaching opportunities, worship leadership, and in teaching and observing Bible studies, confirmation, and Sunday School classes. Students also experience other pastoral practices that are part of that congregation's life of ministry.
Field education culminates in a twelve-month vicarage (pastoral internship) normally in the third year of the Masters of Divinity program. Students who are certified by the faculty as ready for vicarage are assigned a setting and officially placed by the Council of Presidents of Lutheran Church Canada (LCC), normally into a congregation of LCC. Vicarage takes place under the direct supervision of a pastor-supervisor and the seminary’s Director of Vicarage, providing full-time practical experience for students in a congregational setting.
Director of Field Education & Vicarage:
Dr. James Gimbel
phone: (780) 474-1468 ext. 224
fax: (780) 479-3067